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It's common for cancer survivors to desire a change of career after a diagnosis, but this shift can often feel daunting. Join us as we cover the best methods to navigate this new chapter.Click to Register
If you’ve just been diagnosed, it’s hard to know what to do first. There are a lot of things to consider, a lot of questions that you’ll want answers to. Coming up with an action plan can help you organize and prioritize what needs to get done. It can also help you feel more in control.Learn More
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I recently was diagnosed and am undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.… I am a solo practitioner [architect], in my early 60’s…. My current thoughts are to close up shop and go work for someone else…. Any advice?
Hi Peter, It is true that learning that you have cancer definitely causes you to think about what is really meaningful to you and your family. I do think that it is important to ask yourself some thoughtful questions before pursuing a different path.
Went through chemo/radiation, surgery and I worked throughout treatment, work kept me sane and encouraged to strive onwards. Now I’m cancer free. Within the last year though, I find myself incredibly unhappy with work…and when I’m not passionate for what I do, I’m definitely having problems.
Hi, Laura, It sounds like you have made a wonderful life of satisfying work and friendships that relate to that work, but that you have outgrown that safe place in many ways…a place where many of us find ourselves at mid-life, where we reflect, regroup and find new challenges and relationships that can carry us into our next exciting stage of life.
I’ve been battling stage 3 colon rectal cancer. My job was eliminated after I’d been there 7 yrs as a cook for 180 kids a day. I went back to work after my surgery, rehab, and a chemo pump, but now I can’t find a job and I am worried. I don't know how to do anything else…this type of work is extremely physical and I’m afraid I can't keep up….
Sompet: I’m glad to hear that you seem to be doing OK physically after your treatment. I’m sorry to hear that you lost your job. This may be the time to look into another line of work. I suggest you look into local non-profits that can help you retrain for a physically less demanding job.
Nearly 50% of cancer survivors are of working age.
of cancer survivors still report work limitations affected by cancer-related problems 1-5 years after diagnosis.
cancer discrimination claims were received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016.
individuals access expert information, support and resources online, in print and in person annually.
of 2016 program participants said they can use what they learned in their day-to-day activities.
in travel grants have brought 206 scholarship recipients from 47 states to the National Conference since 2012.